Virginia’s elections seen as a bellwether on how the gun debate will influence voters; three of the state’s delegates now call for Trump’s impeachment; lawsuit alleges Duke’s Mayonnaise secret recipe thief and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Virginia Beach police say they’re almost done with their investigation into the mass shooting at the city’s municipal complex. They say they plan to release some of the findings but will coordinate with the independent investigators hired by the city. – WAVY

• The state’s coming legislative elections are being watched nationally as a bellwether for the degree to which the gun debate will influence voters.  – The New York Times

• Norfolk’s sheriff appears to be winding down a cooperation agreement with ICE in which he jailed hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants for the federal agency, sparking local protest. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, has resigned himself to mounting a write-in campaign after he failed to file paperwork formalizing his candidacy. The announcement was preceded by a long, bickering spat on Facebook between Freitas’ legislative assistant and House GOP leaders. – The Washington Post, Blue Virginia

• U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th District, joined calls for Trump’s impeachment, bringing the number of Virginia delegates who back removing the president to three. – WTOP

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, said in a radio interview she is unsure whether Trump is a racist.  “I don’t know the man and I want to believe that there is goodness in everyone. I want to believe the best intentions in everyone.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Leaders in Chesapeake are planning an after-school program for children traumatized after 10 people were shot at a neighborhood block party. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The Chesterfield sheriff deployed a tactical team at the courthouse after an attorney was severely beaten outside his nearby office. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Activists from Charlottesville are pressing Twitter to ban white supremacists using the tool as a recruitment platform ahead of the second anniversary of the violent Unite the Right rally. – WVTF

• Federal inmates on death row in Virginia said they were surprised to learn about plans to resume executions. “We learned that they would start up executions again just like everyone else — through the news.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Propped up by newly legalized gambling parlors in Richmond, New Kent and Vinton, Colonial Downs hosted its first horse race since the track closed in 2014. – The Virginia Gazette, Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A South Caroline lawsuit claims a former executive stole the secret recipes of Duke’s Mayonnaise founder Eugenia Duke. The mayonnaise recipe itself, however, remains safe because that side of the business was sold to Richmond-based C.F. Sauer Co. in 1929. – The Post and Courier

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